Europe Private Equity Market - Growth, Trends, Covid-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022-2027)

The Europe Private Equity Market is Segmented By Investment Type (Large Cap, Mid Cap and Small Cap), By Application (Early Stage Venture Capitals, Private Equity and Leveraged Buyouts) and By Geography (Italy, German, France, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Rest of Europe) .

Market Snapshot

Europe Private Equity Market Size
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: <12 %
Europe Private Equity Market Key Players

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Market Overview

There has been the negative impact of COVID-19 on Private Equity Industry of Europe. European PE deal-making dropped to a five-year low in the first half of 2020, a 13% drop across the same period the year before. COVID-19 has caused an unexpected shock to mostfinancial services at Europe and the full extent of its impact is difficult to predict. Although the PE space has not remained unscathed, it has proven to be resilient during previous economic downturns. With PE players sitting on record amounts of dry powder, the current crisis undoubtedly provides an array of new investment opportunities in Europe.

At the onset of the pandemic, the immediate focus was to stabilize existing portfolios. Now PE players are turning their attention back to sourcing and executing new investment opportunities. The majority of survey respondents i.e., 58.5% expect to make selective new investments, likely in order to take advantage of low-asset valuations in certain sectors. Fundraising still remains on the agenda, particularly for investors in Europe with 12% of respondents, indicating that fundraising will continue to be top of mind.

European Growth PE funds account for 17% of overall annual European private equity fundraising, compared to 5% only five years ago. European Growth PE is clearly emerging as a third, strong private equity investment strategy between the venture capital and the buyout business. The scale of the growth market allows players to find ample opportunity even in its subsegments. Actors in the market have different preferences, resources and capabilities. This reflects their particular positioning in the overall market. Private Equity market development is majorly supported by a considerable rise in the demand for products and services offered by this industry.

The second vector of Growth in Private Equity Market sector of Europe is the valuation range at which investors tend to get involved. Given respective fund sizes and target ownership stakes, investors target broad ranges of valuation that suit their investment strategy. EUR 100 million seems to be a frontier that divides the market.

Scope of the Report

The Europe Private Equity are one of the fastest growing Private Equity Industry as the businesses and people are more preferring the digitized manner of choosing the financial product for their investmenst evaluation and payments. A complete background analysis of the Europe Private Equity Market, which includes an assessment of the economy, market overview, market size estimation for key segments, and emerging trends in the market, market dynamics, and key company profiles are covered in the report. The Europe Private Equity Market is Segmented By Investment Type (Large Cap, Mid Cap and Small Cap), By Application (Early Stage, Venture Capitals, Private Equity and Leveraged Buyouts) and By Geography (Italy, German, France, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Rest of Europe) .The market sizing has been done on the basis of value (USD million).

By Investment Type (2018-2022)
Large Cap
Mid Cap
Small Cap
By Application (2018-2022)
Early Stage Venture Capital Investment
Private Equity
Leverage Buyout
By Geography (2018-2022)
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe

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Key Market Trends

Family Owned Companies Witnessing Majority Shareholding in Private Equity Industry of Europe

In European Private Equity Market, the Family owned Comapnies is the main source of Private Equity Market as they are contributoing maximum share of sector followrd by other non-public sectors either by Venture Capital Funding or Buy-outs where the Investor will acquire more than 50% stake of the company.

70% of Majority Shareholding in Family-Owned Companies adapting private Equity Funding followed by Secondary buy-outs witnessing 50%, Parts of Group/ Carve Outs showing 41% segment funded by private Equity, 14% from Insolvent Companies/ Distressed Deals sector, 13% out of Listed Comapnies which are Going to be Private and 13% from Minority Investments. 

Europe Private Equity Market Growth

Technology Industry Witnessing Maximum M&A Transactions through Private Equity Involvement

In 2020, Technology & Media Industry showed maximum M&A transactions through Private Equity Involvement in Europe witnessing 90% Mergers and Acquisition Transaction through Private Equity Involvement followed by Pharmaceuticals sector showing 81%, Business Services showing 59%, Financial Services showing 41%, Consumer Retail showing 29%, Industrial Goods and Engineering showing 26%, Energy and Utilities showing 18%, Chemicals Industry showing 18%, Building and Construction Sector at 11% and Automative stood at 7%. This made upward trend of Private Equity Funding in Europe and an estimated upward trend is seen through out the forecast period. 

Europe Private Equity Market Forecast

Competitive Landscape

The European Private Equity Market is highly competitive and fragmanted as the Private Equity business mechanism and growth-oriented approaches undertaken by the leading companies operating in this market. The report highlights the numerous strategic initiatives, such as new business deals and collaborations, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, product launches, and technological upgradation, implemented by the leading market contenders to set a firm foot in the market. Hence, this section is inclusive of the company profiles of the key players, and industry analysis.The common services offered by such private equity companies include venture capital, buyouts. European Private Equity groups such as AXA Private Equity , Oakley Capital, Accent Equity Partners many more have been focusing on Private Equity categories of Venture Capitals and Buyouts which mainly includes raising funds, deal sourcing and investment in new assets, portfolio company performance improvement, exit planning and realisation, and audit, tax and regulatory advice and leading the European Private Equity Market to the new heights.

Recent Development

In July 2021, Private equity firm Lone Star Funds has agreed to buy chemicals company AOC from buyout firm CVC Capital Partners. The deal values the Dutch business at about 2 billion Euros including debt. Lone Star emerged as the frontrunner to acquire AOC at the end of June, moving ahead of other suitors, also CVC acquired Alpha Corp. in 2018 and combined it with an existing portfolio company, later re-branding them as AOC

In June 2021, PGIM acquires Swiss-based private equity firm. MCP will maintain investment autonomy, with its team headquartered in Switzerland. The firm will benefit from PGIM’s global distribution, compliance and regulatory support. MCP will complement PGIM’s robust real assets capabilities, while providing access to a new and differentiated investment opportunity to the clients. The acquisition will boost PGIM’s existing alternatives offering, which currently has $253bn in assets under management in strategies across PGIM Fixed Income, PGIM Real Estate, PGIM Private Capital, Jennison Associates and QMAW.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

      1. 4.1.1 Private Equity- Insights on Typical Structures in Europe and How it Works in Europe

    2. 4.2 A Brief On Europe Private Equity Landscape

      1. 4.2.1 An Overview of Europe Private Equity Industry (Number of VC firms, AUM, VC Fund Size, etc.)

      2. 4.2.2 Insights on Private Equity by Industry in Europe

      3. 4.2.3 Prominence of the Europe Private Equity Proportionate to the Global Private Equity Industry Over the Years

    3. 4.3 Insights on Private Equity Financing and Vertical Analysis in Europe

      1. 4.3.1 Deal Size of Private Equity Financing by Series in Europe

      2. 4.3.2 Key Market Trends in the Investment Patterns of Europe Private Equity Firms in the Recent Times

      3. 4.3.3 Insights on Blockchain-related Private Equity Financing

      4. 4.3.4 A Brief on Rising ESG Investing by Private Equity firms

    4. 4.4 Insights on the Exit Landscape of Europe Private Equity Worldwide

    5. 4.5 Regulatory Landscape Governing the European Countries Private Equity of Funds in Various Economies

    6. 4.6 Market Drivers

    7. 4.7 Market Restraints/ Challenges

    8. 4.8 Porters Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.8.1 Threat of New Entrant

      2. 4.8.2 Bargaining Power of Buyer/ Consumer

      3. 4.8.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.8.4 Threat of Substitute Product

      5. 4.8.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    9. 4.9 Impact of Covid-19 on the market


    1. 5.1 By Investment Type (2018-2022)

      1. 5.1.1 Large Cap

      2. 5.1.2 Mid Cap

      3. 5.1.3 Small Cap

    2. 5.2 By Application (2018-2022)

      1. 5.2.1 Early Stage Venture Capital Investment

      2. 5.2.2 Private Equity

      3. 5.2.3 Leverage Buyout

    3. 5.3 By Geography (2018-2022)

      1. 5.3.1 Italy

      2. 5.3.2 Germany

      3. 5.3.3 France

      4. 5.3.4 Switzerland

      5. 5.3.5 United Kingdom

      6. 5.3.6 Rest of Europe


    1. 6.1 Market Concentration Overview

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Apax Partners

      2. 6.2.2 AXA Private Equity

      3. 6.2.3 Permira and Partners Group

      4. 6.2.4 CVC Capital Partners

      5. 6.2.5 Spring Hill Management

      6. 6.2.6 Soft Bank Vision Fund

      7. 6.2.7 IXO Private Equity

      8. 6.2.8 Heartland

      9. 6.2.9 Oakley Capital

      10. 6.2.10 Accent Equity Partners*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Europe Private Equity Market market is studied from 2018 - 2027.

The Europe Private Equity Market is growing at a CAGR of <12% over the next 5 years.

Spring Hill Management, Oakley Capital, CVC, Permira partners, Apax are the major companies operating in Europe Private Equity Market.

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